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Cipher On This: An Enigma Machine For Every Budget

Cryptology and history buffs who missed a chance to buy a World War II-era Enigma machine on eBay last month have the option of building their own codemaking machine at home, from a kit.

The Enigma-E Kit sells for about $210 U.S., and is available through the Bletchley Park Web site.

Bletchley Park is the British National Codes Centre, where allied forces broke the German Enigma code during the Second World War.

Collectors with more means can source original Enigma machines, rotors, and other parts, online at various Web sites.

The machine auctioned on eBay sold for more than $30,000, substantially higher price than other recorded sales dating to the mid-1990s.

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